Fentanyl is one of the big causes of the drug epidemic affecting America. Unfortunately, the opioid and heroin problem is hitting Monmouth and Ocean counties harder than other areas. Deaths because of fentanyl increased 600 percent from 2014 to 2016. But what is fentanyl? We’ll explain.
Sadly, fentanyl is a very potent drug. In fact, it’s 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Also, it’s 50 times stronger than heroin. As you can see, it’s very powerful. Therefore, fentanyl shouldn’t be used for minor pain.
One of the major problems with fentanyl is, its synthetic counterpart. A lot of drug-dealers are selling synthetic fentanyl. Usually, it’s imported from China or Mexico. Even scarier, a lot of drug users want more of a high. So drug dealers are creating fentanyl laced with heroin. It’s a dangerous and deadly combination.
In order to answer “what is fentanyl”, you have to understand the issues with it. For starters, it causes respiratory problems. And in high doses or when mixed with alcohol (or other substances), it causes overdoses.
Fortunately, one of the methods that’s helping to reduce deaths caused by overdoses is naxolone. Naxolone is used as an emergency situation in overdoses. It’s an opioid antagonist, so it binds to opioid receptors to reverse and block the effects of opioids. It can be administered three ways. A medical professional can inject Narcan, EVZIO can be injected into the outer thigh, or it can be absorbed by the body from a nasal spray.
At The Tigger House Foundation, we help people that are struggling to overcome addiction. If you need help, contact The Tigger House today. The Tigger Addiction Recovery Program (TARP) has a 96% success rate. We know the harm that fentanyl has caused to the Monmouth and Ocean counties, and we’re doing our part to fight back. So contact us today if you need help.